When I went to Korea I was super excited. I wanted to experience a lot of things. I also wanted to learn a lot of things like about the language and the culture. And while I did learn those things I learned something I didn’t expect to. I learned what it is like to be an international student. Here at OU I am involved with a lot international student groups and it’s fun to talk to them and see what they do differently. But when you’re on the other side it is completely different. Being in a new country is fun but you don’t realize how much harder it is to be in a different country until you are there especially if you are not to good with the language. Just paying for something was a little confusing because I wasn’t familiar with their currency. And you don”t realize how much international students rely on you until you are one yourself. I was assigned a KNU buddy when I got there but he wasn’t very helpful and because of that things were really hard. I didn’t know how to unlock my door and I didn’t know that if you took your key out of the key slot all of the electricity in your room would shut off. And just the way their culture is set up can really throw you off and make you feel like a dumb foreigner ecause you don’t know how they do things. But it helps you learn to adjust. And now going through this experience it makes me want to help international students even more.
1. Public transportation
The public transportation in Korea is very efficient and clean. And it’s pretty cheap too! I wish we had this in Oklahoma because I can’t drive and so that would make life a whole lot easier.
2. The food
I’m not a fan of spicy food and Korea is known for their spicy food. But despite all of that I was able to find good food that my taste buds could handle.
3. The clothes
I love Korean fashion because it is so cute! And being in the country of it’s source is amazing. Also, it’s cheaper to buy it in Korea and you don’t have to pay for shipping.
Like mentioned before it’s a lot cheaper to buy it from its source. And they give you free samples!!!! Tons of free samples!!!!
5. The cafes
There are cafes everywhere in Korea. And they all have such good food and drinks. Also they all have free WI-Fi. And good WI-Fi at that. Not only that but they have cool themed cafes like the Hello Kitty cafe, the pet cafes, they even had a raccoon cafe!